“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie – is the top film at the box office for three straight weekends and has earned an estimated $320+ million worldwide.
The triumph of Shang-Chi, like the rest of the superhero movies, is a tale of good over evil. We all have that innate yearning to have power to stop any injustice, to right every wrong as much as we are capable of doing!
We feel relieved, if we know that the story ends well and that our negative or painful experiences have meaning and purpose, because such knowledge gives power to present living!
John is crystal clear about the fact that God the Father has sent Jesus to set in motion the making of the world right, to bring together heaven and earth, as well as to commission His followers to participate in this world restoring mission. Jesus’ power and authority leaps out in the beginning sentences of the story. Of course, as uncle Ben said to Peter Parker in Spiderman: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Jesus never abuses or abdicates His absolute power but exercises divine power as God intended, i.e., as a signpost of hope in a suffering world.